Sir: The alarming and almost defenceless state of our Lines, occasioned by the slow progress in raising recruits for the New Army, and the departure of a great number of Militia, which had been called in for their support, till the 15th. Inst., from this and New Hampshire Governments, rendered it necessary for us to summon the General Officers in Council, to determine on proper measures to be adopted for their maintainance and preservation. For this purpose they metat HeadQuarters yesterday and to day and finding that it was with the utmost difficulty and persuasion, that such part of the latter as are now here, had been prevail'd on to continue till the last of the Month; after which there is not the remotest probability of their staying one moment; they have judged it expedient and absolutely necessary that thirteen Regiments should be forthwith raised, equal to those of the New Establishment, to be officered according to the usual mode of their respective Governments, which are to repair to this Camp by the last instant if possible; to be in readiness to Act in such manner and till the 1st April, as Circumstances may require. Of this number, they apprehend the
In order that each Regiment may consist of a proper number of officers and men, I herewith send you a list for their regulation, as also of the Continental pay.
I must earnestly solicit your regard to Arms, Amunition, Blankets, Cloathing and Kettles, that they may come as well provided with these necessary articles as they can, particularly the first, of which I find to my great surprise and concern there is an amazing deficiency; notwithstanding I have used every precaution my Judgment could point out to procure them. Besides the Arms which these Regiments will bring with them I shall be particularly obliged by your furnishing me for the use of the Continent with such others, as you have or can Collect. If you have any, or can get them made, you will please to inform me of the Quantity. These Governments I hope will exert themselves in this instance. they must be had, or what can, what will be done.
The great and constant attention Sir, which you have shewn on all occasions to promote the public cause, affords me the strongest assurance, that your every exertion and Interest will be employed, to comply with these several requisitions. I am Sir, &c.